Michigan Department of Education

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Department of Education
Department overview
Headquarters 608 West Allegan Street, Lansing[1]
Ministers responsible
  • Casandra E. Ulbrich, Board Co-President
  • Richard Zeile, Board Co-President
  • Michelle Fecteau, Board Secretary
  • Tom McMillin, Board Treasurer
  • Nikki Snyder, NASBE Delegate
Department executives
  • Brian J Whiston, Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Norma Jean Sass, Chief Deputy Superintendent
  • Susan Broman, Deputy Superintendent, P-20 System and Student Transitions
  • Kyle Guerrant, Deputy Superintendent, Finance Operations
  • Venessa Keesler, Deputy Superintendent, Educator, Student, and School Supports
Child department
  • Library of Michigan
Key document
Website http://www.michigan.gov/mde

Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is a state agency of Michigan, in the United States. MDE oversees public school districts in the state. The department is overseen by the State Board of Education. Currently the Superintendent of Public Instruction is Brian J Whiston, who was appointed on July 1, 2015.[2]

The Michigan State Board of Education is elected[3] every two years in groups of 2 for eight year terms.[4] The board appoints the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Superintendent of Public Instruction is also the chair and a non-voting member of the Board.[5] The Board of Education is one of a few commissions that head up departments, with the other commissions' members appointed by the governor.

Under educational laws, schools in Michigan must start after Labor Day unless granted a waiver.[6]


  1. ^ MDE - Contact Information. Michigan Department of Education. Retrieved on March 30, 2009.
  2. ^ MDE - Brian J Whiston, Superintendent of Public Instruction. Michigan Department of Education. Retrieved on July 13, 2015.
  3. ^ MICHIGAN IN BRIEF: 1998–99 Chapter 2: About State Government (PDF). Public Sector Consultants, Inc. 1999. 
  4. ^ Article VIII of the Constitution of Section 3, Constitution of  (1963)
  5. ^ MDE - Superintendent. Michigan Department of Education. Retrieved on April 22, 2009
  6. ^ McVicar, Brian (August 5, 2016). "Why more Michigan schools are receiving waivers to start before Labor Day". Mlive. Mlive Media Group. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 

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